With the prevalence of sexually-transmitted diseases such as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV, it is important that people undergo STD tests in order for them to know what their medical conditions really are and get the right treatment.

 

HIV is among those STDs that need to be taken very seriously. It has taken the lives of millions of people around the world and that has to stop. People who are unaware of what HIV is are usually the ones that contract it and do not survive it. HIV awareness should be treated with much significance and importance, especially in this day and age.

 

There are many things that people have to know about HIV so that they can protect themselves from it.

 

First, HIV is caused by a virus and it can be passed from one person to another through sexual intercourse. So having sex with somebody who carries HIV will also get you infected with HIV. Whether you do it anally, orally, or vaginally, HIV will find its way into your body and start attacking your immune system.

 

Second, HIV has an incubation period, which means that once the virus enters your body, you may not manifest any visible symptoms of the infection. The incubation period differs from one person to another, and it can last for as long as 6 months. This is something that people should be terrified about because they may already have HIV but because the virus is incubating, they will not know that they are sick and will only learn about it after up to several months.

 

Third, the best way to protect yourself from having HIV is to abstain from having sex. That is actually a pretty impossible thing to do for many people, so the second best thing is to practice protected sex all the time. Use condoms especially if you are having sex with someone who has other sexual partners.

 

Fourth, get tested for HIV regularly if you are sexually active. Having an active sex life can be healthy in some cases but sometimes, it may pose some serious health threats that you have to protect yourself from.

 

There are a number of HIV tests to choose from. You have to consult your doctor about it. The most common HIB testing method is the ELISA test, which many say is the best way to detect HIV. Another reliable HIV testing method is the RNA test, which is a bit more expensive than the first one.